By Ivette Sandoval
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has taught us to be flexible and grateful for our health and for the health of our loved ones.
Community churches have suffered from this pandemic, especially since the number of congregants has been limited. So they increasingly have relied on technology including Zoom, Facebook, You Tube, and their websites to continue to offer services virtually. People gather in front of their computers, cell phones, or TVs to watch Sunday live with immediate family members, a new tradition that may be until the pandemic is under control.
With the holidays around the corner and with many families staying put, many community churches are holding Christmas and New Year’s events virtually. Many others are holding services with a limited number of attendees’ present. For those allowing worshippers to attend in person, please check their requirements for making a reservation.
Please join them virtually or in-person and call their offices to register for special events and to donate generously since these churches have been hit hard during this pandemic
At press time, these listings were accurate, but changes are happening on a daily basis due to the pandemic. Check websites or call for latest information and to register for attending services.
BRIDGEPORT/MCKINLEY PARK/BRIGHTON PARK/CANARYVILLE
Blessed Sacrament Parish, (773) 523-3917, 3745 S. Paulina St. www.bspchicago.org. Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 4 p.m. in English and 6 p.m. in Spanish. Fri., Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Mass at 9 a.m. in English and 11 a.m. in Spanish. Thurs., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve Mass at 4 p.m. in English, and in Spanish at 11 p.m. Limited seating; register via the website or call the church.
First Lutheran Church of the Trinity, 643 W. 31st St., (312) 842-7390, www.firsttrinitychicago.com. Modified worship service will be streamed live every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook and later shared on the First Trinity web page.
Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3116 S. Racine Ave., (773) 523-3838, holycrosschicago.net. Call for information.
Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3100 S. Aberdeen Ave., (773) 927-7424,
www.chicagomonk.org. Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, first Vespers of Christmas at 5:15 p.m., Christmas Eve Mass at 8 p.m. Fri., Dec. 25, Christmas Day, Masses at 6:35 a.m. and 10 a.m., Christmas Day Vespers at 5:15 p.m. Fri., Jan 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Mass at 10 a.m., Vespers at 5:15 p.m. To register to attend these services, send your name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nativity of Our Lord, 653 W. 37th St., (773) 927-6263, www.nativitybridgeport.org. Call church for more information. Note: Nativity of Our Lord and St. Gabriel (listed below) have merged.
Our Lady of Fatima/Shrine of St. Anne, 2751 W. 38th Pl., (773) 523-5666, oladyf.weebly.com. Call church for information.
Park Community Church-Bridgeport, Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., (312) 361-0500, www.parkcommunity.church/bridgeport. Christmas service, Thurs., Dec. 24, at 10 a.m. and New Year’s service on Sun., Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m. Livestream on You Tube or pre-register for indoor gathering.
St. Gabriel Catholic Church, 4522 S. Wallace St., (773) 268-9595, www.saintgabes.com. Call for information. Note: St. Gabriel and Nativity of Our Lord have merged.
St. Jerome Croatian Catholic Church, 2823 S. Princeton Ave., (312) 842-1871, www.stjeromecroatian.org. Call for information.
St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1039 W. 32nd St., (773) 927-6646, www.stmaryofperpetualhelp.com. Call for information. Click on website or call to register for Mass attendance.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish is composed of St. Barbara’s Church in Bridgeport, 2859 S. Throop St., (312) 842-7979, www.stbarbarachicago.org, and St. Therese Chinese Catholic Church in Chinatown, 218 W. Alexander St., (312) 842-6777, www.sttheresechinatown.org. Feast of St. Barbara will be celebrated on Sun., Dec. 6, at 9:30 a.m. Mass. Immaculate Conception Mass is at 8 a.m. at St. Barbara’s Church and 7 p.m. at St. Therese church. Simbang Gabi Mass, Sat., Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. at St. Barbara’s church. St. Barbara’s Church Worship Site: Thurs., Dec. 24, 11:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Christmas Carols followed by Midnight Mass; Christmas Day Masses at 6 and 9:30 a.m. St. Therese Church Worship Site: Thurs. Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Vigil Mass, Christmas Day Masses at 8 and 11 a.m. Fri., Dec. 25. Sunday Masses at St. Barbara Church: 5 p.m. Vigil, 6 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and at St. Therese Church: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave., (773) 373-8500, www.afcchicago.org. Call for information.
Bethel AME Church, 4440 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 285-5500. Regular Sunday worship at 11:45 a.m. Prayer line, Wednesdays at 7 a.m. Visit website for conference call information.
Coppin Memorial AME Church, 5633 S. Michigan Ave., (773) 667-5881, www.coppinchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship at 9:45 a.m.
Corpus Christi Church, 4920 S. King Dr., (773) 285-7720, www.corpuschristichurchchicago.com. Regular Sunday Mass at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. Visit website for more information.
Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, 4501 S. Vincennes Ave., (773) 373-6144. Regular Sunday service at 11a.m. via Facebook.com/ebenezermissionarybaptist.church.5.
Grant Memorial AME Church, 4017 S. Drexel Blvd., (773) 285- 5819. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. live streamed via www.facebook.com/grantamechicago/.
Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church, 3330 S. King Dr., (312) 842-5957, www.hartzellchurch.org. Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. Call church for more information.
Holy Angels Catholic Church, 607 E. Oakwood Blvd., (773) 624-5375, www.holyangelschicago.com. Regular Sunday services at 8 and 11:30 a.m. Call church for reservations.
Kenwood United Church of Christ, 4608 S. Greenwood Ave., (773) 373-2861. Regular Sunday worship services at 11 a.m.; call church for more information.
Liberty Baptist Church, 4849 S. King Dr., (773) 268-6757, http://kenwooducc.org/. Regular Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; call church for more information.
Metropolitan Community Church, 4610 S. Prairie Ave., (773) 536-2046, www.mccchurch.org. Regular Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. via YouTube; no in-person service.
Morning Star Baptist, 3933 S. King Dr., (773) 285-8111, http://morningstarbcofchicago.org/. Regular Sunday worship at 10:45 a.m. Christmas Eve choir rehearsal at 6 p.m.
Olivet Baptist Church, 3101 S. King Dr., (312) 528-0124, www.olivetbaptistchurchchicago.org. Regular Sunday worship service at 10:45 a.m. Visit website for Sunday sermons.
Pilgrim Baptist Church, 3300 S. Indiana Ave., (312) 842-4417, https://www.pilgrimofsouthchicago.org/. Sunday service at 9 a.m.; watch live via the website.
St. Ambrose, 1000 E. 47th St., (773) 624-3695, www.ambrose47.com. Regular Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. Call for reservations or view via Zoom. Visit website for more information.
St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 50 E. 41st St., (773) 268- 1518, www.stelizabethchicago.org/. Regular Sunday worship services at 9:30 a.m. Visit website for registration.
St. James Catholic Church, 2912 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 842-1919, [ www.stjameswabash.org ]( http://www.stjameswabash.org/ ). Tues., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass at 6:30 p.m. (in church and on Zoom) Wed., Dec. 25, Christmas Mass at 9:30 a.m. (in church and on Zoom), Sun., Dec. 27, regular Mass at 9:30 a.m. (in church and on Zoom). Fri., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 9:30 a.m (Zoom only). Advance sign-up on SignUpGenius for in-person attendance at Mass is required. See website for SignUpGenius links and links for attending Mass on Zoom.
St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 3801 S. Wabash Ave., (773) 268-1900, www.stthomaschicago.com. Regular service Sundays at 9:30 a.m. Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass with carols, 7:30 p.m. Register
to attend in person or watch live via Facebook. Visit website for details.
South Park Baptist, 3722 S. Martin Luther King Dr., (773) 548-6566. Regular Sunday service at 11 a.m. streamed live via Facebook.
Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, 600 E. 35th St., (312) 225-5300, chicagopresbytery.org. Call church for information.
West Point Missionary Baptist Church, 3566 S. Cottage Grove Ave., (773) 538-7590, www.wpmbc.org. Sunday worship at 10 a.m. streamed live via Facebook.
Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC), 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., (312) 842-8545, www.ccuc.net. Advent and Christmas season Sunday online services at 10 a.m. through Dec. 20 streamed live over YouTube. English: ccuc.net/englishstream, Cantonese: ccuc.net/cantonesestream, Mandarin: ccuc.net/mandarinstream.
Chinese Christian Union Church (CCUC-South), 3000 S. Wallace St. Advent and Christmas season Sunday online services at 9 and 11:30 a.m. through Dec. 20 streamed live over YouTube at ccuc.net/southstream.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish. See listing on page 20.
GRAND AVENUE AREA/WEST TOWN
Holy Innocents Church, 743 N. Armour St., (312) 666-3675, www.holyinnocentsparish.org. Call church for information. Register for Masses on the website.
St. John Cantius, 825 N. Carpenter St., (312) 243-7373, www.cantius.org. Thurs., Dec. 24, midnight High Mass. Fri., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses at 3, 6, and 7:30 a.m. low Masses in extraordinary form; 9 a.m. sung English Mass in ordinary form; 10:15 a.m. Low Mass in extraordinary form; 11 a.m. sung Latin Mass in ordinary form; 12:30 p.m. solemn High Mass in extraordinary form; 2 p.m. solemn Vespers; 3 p.m. low Mass in extraordinary form. Thurs., Dec. 31, sung Mass in English at 8 a.m.; 9 a.m. Low Mass in extraordinary form; 4:30 p.m. rosary and solemn Vespers of the Christmas Octave, 11 p.m. Deo Gratias service, followed by Latin high midnight Mass. Fri., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Masses at 7:30 and 9 a.m.; 11 a.m. sung Latin Mass in ordinary form; 12:30 p.m. in Latin; and 2 p.m. solemn vespers.
St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral, 835 N. Oakley Blvd., (773) 276-4537, https://stnicholaschicago.com/. Sunday liturgy 8 and 9:30 a.m. in Ukrainian and 11:30 a.m. in English. Call for information.
Santa Maria Addolorata Church, 528 N. Ada St., (312) 421- 3122, www.smacatholicchurch.com. Fri., Dec. 12, mañanitas to Our Lady of Guadalupe at 5 a.m. Mass. Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Mass in Spanish at 7:30 a.m. Fri., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 7:30 a.m. in Spanish. Thurs., Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, 7:30 a.m. in Spanish. Fri., Jan. 1, 7:30 a.m. in Spanish. Space is limited; call church for more information.
NEAR WEST SIDE, TRI-TAYLOR, UNIVERSITY VILLAGE
The Chicago International Church (EFCA) 2302/2304 W. Taylor St., (312) 226-8026, https://chicagoicc.org/. Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m. Visit website for Zoom information.
First Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1124 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 733-6886. www.1stimmanuelchicago.org. During the season of Advent join the church on Zoom, Wednesday evenings. Dec. 9 and 16, at 6:30 p.m. for evening prayers; link is on website. Each week in December the recording of a past Christmas Pageant “Majesty” will be linked to the website for viewing. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services will be recorded ahead of time to enjoy with your family safely at the best time for you. Join the church each Sunday for live streaming of worship at 10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live and Zoom. The link and materials to participate are on the website.
Our Lady of the Holy Family, (312) 243-7400, www.olhfchi.org/, 1335 W. Harrison St. Follow Our Lady of the Holy Family on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Saturday, Dec. 5, Advent Day of Reflection, 10 a.m. in the Parish Hall, as well as streamed on Facebook. Thursday, Dec. 10, online Advent Bible study, 6 p.m. via Zoom link, available at OLHFchi.org and on Facebook. Saturday, Dec. 12, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 7 p.m. Misa de las Rosas. Thursday, Dec. 17, online Advent Bible study, 6 p.m. via Zoom link, available at OLHFchi.org and on Facebook. Saturday, Dec. 19, Simbang Gabi at the 5 p.m. Mass. Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. family Mass, Midnight Mass. Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m. Mass. Food collection for University of Illinois Chicago Pop-Up pantry after all Masses during Advent. Tags with Christmas gifts for those in need, on tree in back of church; return by Sunday, Dec. 13. All celebrations require registration beforehand, as well as social distance. On the web: OLHFchi.org. On Facebook: Our Lady of the Holy Family. On Twitter: @OLHFparish. On Instagram: @OLHFchi. Note: Holy Family Church and Notre Dame de Chicago Church have merged.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1443 W. Roosevelt Rd., (312) 493-3726, https://www.immanuel-baptist.net. Sunday services at 10 a.m.
New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 1252 S. Wolcott Ave., (312) 733-1262, www.newzionmbc.com. Regular Sunday service at 10:45 a.m.
St. Basil’s Greek Orthodox Church, 733 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 243-3738, www.stbasilchicago.org. Royal Hours of Christmas, Thurs., Dec. 24, at 8:30 a.m. and Vesperal Liturgy of Christmas Eve at 4 p.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy of Christmas, Fri., Dec. 25, 8:15 a.m. Hierarchal Great Vespers of the Circumcision and St. Basil the Great, Thurs., Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Orthros and Divine Liturgy for St. Basil, followed by Doxology for the New Year’s, Wed., Jan. 1, 8:30 a.m. Join St. Basil’s for the Live Stream of services on Facebook Live or on the church’s YouTube channel www.youtube.com/channel/UC3UDtazTUIGHPWIQ01W4SlQ.
Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii, 1224 W. Lexington St., (312) 421-3757, fax (312) 421-3756, www.ourladyofpompeii.org. Sunday Masses 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. by reservation at www.ourladyofpompeii.org/reopening-reservations/ or call the office. No reservation needed for Wednesday, 6 p.m. Mass or Saturday, 7:30 a.m. Mass. Sat., Dec. 5, Virtual Mary and Christmas concert: register at www.ourladyofpompeii.org/event/mary-christmas-a-streamed-concert/ or call the office (an email is required). Sat., Dec. 12, virtual Advent morning of reflection with Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson. Freewill donations accepted. For reservations: www.ourladyofpompeii.org/advent-day-of-reflection-via-zoom/ or call the office (an email is required). Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve and Fri., Dec. 25, check the website for reservations or call the office. Sun., Dec. 27, Feast of the Holy Family, Masses at 8:30 and 11 a.m.; check the website for reservations; Fri., Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, check the website for reservations.
St. Anthony Hospital Chapel, 2875 W. 19th St., (773) 484-1000. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, Thurs., Dec. 10, Mass at 10:30 a.m. in chapel. Fri., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. virtually. Fri., Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Mass at 10:30 a.m. virtually. Call the chapel for details.
St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 2108 W. 21st St., (773) 847-6458, www.stmatthewchicago.org. Sun., Dec. 20, Christmas service at 11:30 a.m. Tues., Dec. 22 homeless Christmas lunch at noon. Sun., Dec. 27, New Year’s Eve Mass at 11:30 p.m. All services are in the church with social distancing measures.
St. Pius V, 1919 S. Ashland Ave., (312) 226-6161. Call church for information.
St. Procopius Church, 1641 S. Allport St., (312) 226-7887, www.stprocopiuschurch.org. Call church for information.
First Baptist Congregational Church, 1613 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 243-8047, www.fbccchicago.net/. Call church for information.
Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2400 W. Warren Blvd., (312) 733-6832. Call church for information.
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 2151 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 738-0053. Regular Sunday worship at 11 a.m.; visit website for details.
St. Malachy + Precious Blood Church, 2248 W. Washington Blvd., (312) 733-1068. Call church for information.
WEST LOOP, SOUTH LOOP, DOWNTOWN
First United Methodist Church, Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington St., (312) 236-4548, www.chicagotemple.org. Call church for information.
Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut St., (312) 787-4570. Thurs., Dec. 24, online children’s pageant at 4 p.m. and online Christmas Eve service at 8 p.m. (choral prelude beginning at 7:30 p.m.). Fri., Dec. 25, online Christmas Day service at 11 a.m.; Thurs., Dec. 31 online New Year’s Eve Taizé service at 7:30 p.m. All services online only at www.fourthchurch.org and www.bit.ly/FPCworship as well as Facebook Live and YouTube. To listen to the services, dial (888) 916-9166 (toll-free).
Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St., (312) 922-1426, www.gracechicago.org. Mon., Dec. 21, Blue Christmas virtual service at 6:30 p.m.; Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve virtual service at 8 p.m. Information for each service can be found on the website.
Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1500 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 922-3444, www.oldstmarys.com. Thurs., Dec. 17, Simbang Gabi Advent Novena Mass at 7 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve Masses at 4 and 7:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 25, Christmas Day Masses, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Mass at 10 a.m. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. Visit website to register to attend in-person Mass. All Masses are live streamed at www.oldstmarys.com through YouTube.
Old St. Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St., (312) 648-1021, www.oldstpats.org. Register at website for 8 and 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Masses on Sundays. Call church for information.
St. James Catholic Church, 2942 S. Wabash Ave., (312) 842-1919, www.stjameswabash.org. Call church for information.
St. Peter’s Church in the Loop (Roman Catholic), 110 W. Madison St., (312) 372-5111. Mon., Thurs., Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, church opens at 3 p.m., Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. in person and streamed live on YouTube, church closes at 7 p.m. Fri., Dec. 25, Christmas, Masses at 9 and 11 a.m., church closes after 11 a.m. Mass. New Year’s Eve, Thurs., Dec. 31, Mass at 5 p.m. New Year’s Day, Thurs., Jan. 1, Mass at 10 a.m. Reservations are required to attend all Masses. Call the church for reservations.
Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 S. Michigan Ave., (312) 225-4951, www.2ndpresbyterian.org. Thurs, Dec. 24, virtual Christmas service at 6:55 p.m. Visit the website for details. Winter Coat Drive every Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; donations welcomed.
Soul City Church, 1150 W. Adams St., (312) 252-3062, www.soulcitychurch.com. Virtual service streamed online every Sunday at 8:30, 10, and 11:30 a.m.
The National Shrine of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, 2520 N. Lakeview Ave., (773) 360-5752, www.cabrininationalshrine.org. Christmas Eve Mass, Thurs., Dec. 24, music at 4 p.m. followed by Mass at 4:30 p.m. Christmas Day Mass, Thurs., Dec. 25, music at 8:45 a.m. followed by Mass at 9 a.m. New Year’s Eve Mass, Thurs., Dec. 31 Mass at 4 p.m. Closed New Year’s Day.